Cuvée Rika Pinot Noir

Elegant and light in style, with an abundance of ripe red berries, juicy strawberries and subtle spices on the nose which follow through on the palate where it marries perfectly with a savoury meatiness.

Jasper Raats

Cuvée Rika Pinot Noir

CURRENT VINTAGE 2014

Terrior

A minimum interference approach is taken in the vineyards to get a true reflection of the unique terroir of the cooler Elgin Climate. A single vineyard wine, meticulously cared for by hand.

Viticulture

This wine has been naturally fermented in small open top fermenters with no enzymes, preservatives or stabilisers before being aged in a combination of new and seasoned French barrels. Pinot Noir improves with time and so will this one, but due to the very natural way in which the wine is produced, it may develop a harmless sediment. After natural yeast fermentation in small open tanks, the wine spent 11 months in oak.

Winemaker

Jasper Raats: Over the past decade, Jasper has built an international reputation for crafting outstanding wines such as Sauvignon and Pinot from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, but more particularly for his seven years of winemaking efforts in New Zealand. Crafting very individualistic wines “that I like and can make without any restrictions or guidelines” has been a natural progression, two years after returning to South Africa.

Origin

Elgin

More information

Winemaker – Jasper Raats
Alc: 13% / RS: 1.8g/l / TA: 5.5g/l / pH: 3.57

Awards

 4 Star John Platter Wine Guide 2016
Gold medal Michelangelo 2015
92/100 Jamie Goode 2015
90/100 Tim Atkin MW 2016
90/100 Tim Atkin MW 2015